what DO and SEE in CUBA

I'm looking at a Royal Caribbean cruise to Havana in March.

I have a passport, but need a VISA??

So whats worth seeing and doing in Havana?

Tags: Cuba HAVANA CUBA

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On our cruise, Regent, they took care of the visa for us. All we had to do was complete a short form on line with Regent. We paid Regent, I think it was around $75.00 p.p. but it might have been a lot less. One thing they do in Cuba is require you to purchase health insurance from them, pretty reasonable and part of the visa fees. They do that because if you need medical attention your health insurance is no good there. Someone online told us the Cuban authorities wouldn't allow the ships Wi-Fi to be turned on in port there. They lied, it worked good.

We heard about Hurricane Michael moving into the Gulf of Mexico (mid-October), which was likely to prevent us from visiting Cuba but we made it with no problem. It was very hot and muggy back in Miami and even worse in Cuba as it was 90F with mostly an overcast. Smooth sailing all the way though, on the water it was much cooler, it didn't look like Michael did much to Cuba, Havana anyway, no damage, the ground was dry out in the farm lands and nobody even mentioned the hurricane during our visit.

We booked a tour out into the farming country and we were glad we did. It amounted to a real enjoyable visit to Cuba and the countryside there, our visit was to a coop type farm out in the rural areas, this farm paid taxes and was not a government operation. Very clean with very smart and knowledgeable guides. Had a real lunch there with fine and friendly local folk doing all the guiding and speaking.

My impressions of Havana proper really didn't surprise me. The city is pretty worn. Obviously 60 years of economic prohibition from a mostly western embargo has taken its toll. Going to take a lot of money and effort to get Havana back to what it was before the revolution.

However, certain aspects caught me unaware. For instance, in the rural areas we visited things don't look or appear to be all that backward, in fact we have visited dozens and dozens of 3rd world countries and Cuba ranks well above average in my opinion with respect to the quality of living. People talked and laughed about worldly things and put up intellectual discussions with the best of us.

Another thing that surprised me, I knew there were a lot of 1940 and 1950 vintage American cars there. But I thought they were sort of rare and only used to show off to the tourists. Not. I bet 15% to 25% on the highways were these cars, and they looked to be in good condition. Lot of nostalgia there for us who used to drive and own those cars.

The roads and highways were in great condition.

We are leaving on our Cuba cruise this coming Sunday. I found a wealth of information at this web site:

http://www.lahabana.com/guide/havana-guide-home

I especially liked the Arts and Culture tab, but I read pretty much all of the site, and put together a great little walking tour for us, including stops at Hemingway's favorite hangouts.

I use a map app on my phone that is great offline: Ulmon CityMaps2Go. You can bookmark all the spots you want to see ANYWHERE you go. You just download a free map for the place you want to go. I color my "mapmarkers" for shopping, local sites, restaurants, cruise dock, and transportation.

Have a great trip!

[quote=plc19]I found a wealth of information at this web site:

http://www.lahabana.com/guide/havana-guide-home[/quote

How did you connect to this site....? Got a 404 when I tried....

We are reserved with the oldcarstour site...but still trying to get reservations for Tropicana. Did you get to see the show?

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